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DES 101
INTRODUCTION TO DESIGN TWO DIMENSIONAL I
3, 0/6

Basic skills and concepts in two-dimensional design. Logical and intuitive approaches to pure form and natural sources. Emphasis on development of individual solutions.

DES 102
INTRODUCTION TO DESIGN TWO DIMENSIONAL II
3, 6/0

Prerequisite: DES 101.
Continuation of DES 101, involving in-depth assignments stressing composition and form, idea development, and design process, while strengthening skills and control.

DES 103
INTRODUCTION TO DESIGN THREE DIMENSIONAL I
3, 0/6

Fundamentals of three-dimensional design, with emphasis on the development of skills related to spatial manipulation via form and structure. Development of manipulative skills in various media.

DES 104
INTRODUCTION TO DESIGN THREE DIMENSIONAL II
3, 6/0

Prerequisite: DES 103.
Advanced concepts and manipulation skills related to three-dimensional design. Conceptualization, visualization, and evaluation related to design objectives.

DES 114
WORKSHOP IN CRAFTS
3, 4/0; ARIF

Hands-on creative studio experience in ceramics, fibers, metals/jewelry, or wood/furniture design. Non-art majors only.

DES 190
DESIGN SYMPOSIUM
3, 3/0; ARIF

Introductory design course open only to nonmajors.  Basic concepts and language of design, the application of those concepts in the human environment, and the historical and cultural reference to those concepts.

DES 220
CERAMICS I
3, 0/6

Exploration of clay as a medium of expression.  Methods of forming. Preparation and application of glaze. Firing; theory, study of form and function.

DES 230
INTRODUCTION TO JEWELRY MAKING
3, 4/0

Prerequisite: DES 101.
Exploration of materials and processes in jewelry making, emphasizing creative design.

DES 235
DESIGN IN METAL
0, 0/0

Metalworking as a medium for expression and object design, utilizing the unique qualities of various metals and working techniques.

DES 242
FIBERS I
3, 0/6

Introduction to traditional and current trends in weaving and surface design, including table-loom weaving, batik, and silkscreen printing. Assignments develop good design through creative expression.

DES 250
WOOD DESIGN I
3, 2/2

Wood as a medium for expression and object design; technical and aesthetic problems.

DES 270
VISUAL COMMUNICATION I
3, 0/6

Prerequisites: DES 101, DES 102, DES 103.
Introductory course in communication design involving basic design problems, including logotype, stationary, and page layout.  Examination of design and printing processes, as well as professional practices and issues.

DES 271
LETTERING AND TYPOGRAPHY I
3, 0/0

Prerequisite: DES 270.
Uses of typographic forms in graphic design; problems in expression and appropriate application and layout; type specification, indication, copy fitting; origins of the Western alphabet.

DES 277
COMPUTER GRAPHICS I
3, 0/6

Prerequisite: DES 101.
Introduction to the Macintosh computer as a graphic design tool.  Develop a working understanding of a graphic design page layout and drawing program.  Class sessions include visual presentations, hands-on tutorials, and critiques of assignments.

DES 307
COLOR THEORY
3, 4/2

Prerequisite: DES 102.
Origins, meaning, and dimensions of color; lectures and studio problems in various media, exploring the compositional effects of color.

DES 312
HISTORY OF CRAFT: INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION TO THE PRESENT
3, 3/0

Prerequisite: DES 215.
Historical and theoretical foundations of crafts from the Industrial Revolution to the present. Developments in crafts in traditional forms, hand-based production methods, new technologies, new media and new concepts of craft, and specific cultural and intellectual contexts.

DES 314
HISTORY OF GRAPHIC DESIGN: INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION TO THE PRESENT
3, 0/0

Prerequisite: DES 215 or permission of instructor.
Examination of the history and theoretical foundations of graphic design from the Industrial Revolution to the present. Developments in graphic design are considered in relation to new technologies and new media, and to specific cultural and intellectual contexts.

DES 320
CERAMICS II
3, 4/0

Prerequisite: DES 220.
Exploration of ceramic form, glaze, and firing methods through assigned problems and individual interests.  Lecture and laboratory in glaze materials and glaze design.

DES 321
CERAMICS: JUNIOR STUDIO
3, 0/0

Prerequisite: DES 320.
Advanced study and experience in the total ceramic process through assigned problems according to individual personal interests.

DES 329
ENAMELING FOR JEWELRY
3 , 0/6

Prerequisite: DES 230.
Exploration of traditional and contemporary methods of enameling for jewelry design.

DES 330
APPLIED JEWELRY TECHNIQUES
3, 0/6

Prerequisite: DES 230.
Basic and advanced jewelry techniques, including lost-wax casting and stone setting. Continued emphasis on the personal, conceptual, and creative development of jewelry design.

DES 331
JEWELRY: JUNIOR STUDIO
1, 0/4

Prerequisite: DES 330.
Advanced exploration of materials and processes used in jewelry making, with emphasis on design aspects.  Individually selected projects.

DES 336
METALSMITHING
3, 0/0

Prerequisite: DES 235 or DES 330.
Advanced concentration in metalworking as a continuation of forming techniques introduced in DES 235.

DES 337
METALSMITHING: JUNIOR STUDIO
3, 0/0

Prerequisite: DES 336.
Practical application of metalworking techniques with emphasis on raising, forging, welding, riveting, casting, spinning, and other forming methods.  Parallel study of leading designers, craftspeople.  Tutorial relationship with instructor. Extra class assignments, including minimum studio hours equal to class hours.

DES 338
COMPUTER THREEDIMENSIONAL MODELING AND RENDERING
3, 2/4

Exploration of the capabilities of computer modeling and rendering software, especially for craft area majors.

DES 342
FIBERS II
3, 0/6

Prerequisite: DES 242.
Intermediate exploration in traditional and experimental techniques of weaving and surface design, including floor-loom weaving and photographic silkscreen printing, with an emphasis on creative expression.

DES 344
FIBERS: JUNIOR STUDIO
3, 0/6

Prerequisites: DES 242, DES 342.
Study and experience in complex weaving and surface design, including multiple-harness weaving and application of printing techniques; aesthetic and functional considerations.

DES 350
WOOD DESIGN II
3, 0/6

Prerequisite: DES 250.
Exploration into the design and fabrication of wooden objects.  Emphasis on developing design and craftsmanship skills through assigned problems.

DES 351
WOOD DESIGN: JUNIOR STUDIO
3, 4/0

Prerequisite: DES 350.
Design and creation of a major project in wood, approached from the viewpoint of the designer-craftsperson, using a range of techniques and hand, power, and machine tools as needed.

DES 363
FURNITURE THEORY AND APPLICATION
3, 3/0

Exploration of furniture elements found within interior design. Interrelationship of construction, strength of materials, and style.  Evolutionary influence of mass production, material development, and ergonomics. Field trips.

DES 371
LETTERING AND TYPOGRAPHY II
3, 0/0

Prerequisite: DES 370.
A continuation of the exploration of typography as an expressive and functional communication medium.  Emphases on design criteria, theories of interpretation, and personal creativity. Review of current technology.

DES 374
ADVERTISING DESIGN
3, 4/0

Prerequisites: DES 271, DES 380.
Principles of advertising design as visual communication, motivation, and persuasion. Problems in advertising and publication design.  Illustration, media, and techniques.  Typographic design and reproduction processes.

DES 377
COMPUTER GRAPHICS II
3, 0/6

Prerequisite: DES 277.
Intermediate-level course using computer-imaging programs.  Creative problem solving with photomontage, posters, and publication design assignments.  Visual presentations, hands-on tutorials, and critiques of assignments.

DES 378
INTRODUCTION TO WEB DESIGN
3, 2/4

Introduction to interactive Web design from the perspective of communication design.  Introduces the student to the history of the Internet, industry-standard site-creation, software, and testing and evaluation. Integrates design aesthetics information, organization, image preparation, and intuitive interface design and navigation

DES 380
ILLUSTRATION
3, 0/6

Prerequisite: DES 270.
Creative problem solving illustration assignments. In-depth exploration of illustration media and techniques.  Examination of professional practice and business issues.

DES 414
SENIOR SEMINAR/EXHIBITION
4, 3/2

A series of lectures and discussions concerning such topics as self-presentation concepts. Job and professional interviews. Business practices, recordkeeping, and taxes. Legal contracts and copyrights. Exhibitions and promoting personal work.

DES 421
CERAMICS: SENIOR STUDIO
3, 8/0

Prerequisite: DES 321.
Development and presentation of the student’s personal direction in clay, culminating in a portfolio presentation and a final show.

DES 431
JEWELRY: SENIOR STUDIO
3, 0/0

Prerequisite: DES 331.
Concentration of studio work by the senior major in jewelry. Students plan and execute a series of problems and projects in consultation with the instructor.

DES 437
METALSMITHING: SENIOR STUDIO
3, 0/0

Prerequisite: DES 337.
Practical application of metalworking techniques, with emphasis on raising, forging, welding, riveting, casting, spinning, and other forming methods.  Parallel study of leading designers, craftspeople.  Tutorial relationship with instructor. Extra class assignments, including minimum studio hours equal to class hours.

DES 444
FIBERS: SENIOR STUDIO
3, 0/6

Prerequisites: DES 242, DES 342, DES 344.
Concentration of studio work in surface design and weaving by senior fiber majors. Students plan and execute a series of problems and projects in consultation with the instructor, leading to an exhibition. Portfolio preparation for graduating seniors.

DES 451
WOOD DESIGN: SENIOR STUDIO
3, 0/0

Prerequisite: DES 351.
Concentration of studio work by senior wood majors. Students plan and execute a series of problems and projects in consultation with the instructor.

DES 473
GRAPHIC DESIGN
3, 2/2

Prerequisite: DES 380.
Advanced problems in advertising, publication, and packaging design. Materials, techniques, and computer processes used in preparation of visual and design presentations/mechanicals. Emphasis on individual solutions to problems typical of those confronting the professional graphic designer.

DES 474
ADVERTISING DESIGN II
3, 0/6

Prerequisite: DES 384.
Advanced problems in advertising design. Integration of computer design software with creative problem solving techniques in advertising. Course assignments may include print campaigns, trade advertising, television commercials, and direct mail pieces.

DES 475
GRAPHIC DESIGN PRACTICUM
1, 0/0

Prerequisite: Completion of all required courses in graphic design specialization.
Practical experience in an advertising agency, design studio, or corporate design office under the sponsorship of an art director, working two days a week for 6 credit hours. Or experience with practical problems in a simulated agency situation, working 10 hours a week for 3 credit hours. Admission by permission of graphic design advisers after portfolio review.

DES 479
MULTIMEDIA COMPUTER DESIGN
3, 0/6

Prerequisites: DES 277, DES 377.
Introduction to computer design and the authoring process in multimedia. Experience with digital images, video, and sound using current software, culminating in creative interactive presentations and Web page documents.

DES 480
ILLUSTRATION II
3, 0/6

Prerequisite: DES 380.
Advanced problems and creative solutions in editorial and advertising illustration using computer drawing software programs. In-depth examination of business issues and professional practice in the illustration field.

 

Graduate Courses

DES 590
INDEPENDENT STUDY
3, 0/0

DES 592
INDEPENDENT STUDIO IN DESIGN
3, 0/6; Offered by contract only.

Independent studio experience with consultation, advice, and supervision from an instructor in a related area of study. Involves studio experiments and experiences not available in regular course offerings. May be taken up to three times.

DES 640
GRADUATE STUDIO IN DESIGN
3, 0/6; Offered by contract only.

Organization of space with a variety of materials; the designed form in theoretical, abstract, and functional applications. Tutorial relationship with instructor. Extra class assignments, including minimum studio hours equal to class hours. May be taken up to three times.

DES 642
GRADUATE STUDIO IN FURNITURE DESIGN
3, 0/6; Offered by contract only.

Prerequisites: DES 250 and DES 351 or equivalent.
Designer-craftsperson approach to advanced projects in wood; hand, power, and machine tool practice; aesthetic and functional considerations in design; finishing methods; care of equipment. May be taken up to three times.

DES 643
GRADUATE STUDIO IN FIBER DESIGN
3, 0/6; Offered by contract only.

Prerequisite: DES 242 or equivalent or instructor permission.
Advanced work in textile design, techniques, and processes: floor loom weaving, fabric printing, related techniques of fiber embellishment and construction; individual studies and projects exploring traditional and experimental concepts in fiber arts. Tutorial relationship with instructor when appropriate. May be taken up to three times.

DES 646
GRADUATE STUDIO IN JEWELRY
3, 0/6; Offered by contract only.

Prerequisite: DES 230 or equivalent.
Technical and aesthetic aspects of jewelry design and construction; advanced experience in fabrication techniques, casting, and stone setting
according to student experience level. Tutorial relationship with instructor. Extra class assignments, including minimum studio hours equal to class hours. May be taken up to three times.

DES 647
CASTING TECHNIQUES IN JEWELRY
3, 0/6; Offered by contract only.

Preparing wax models and molds, burning out, and lost-wax casting of jewelry in silver and gold; using the centrifugal casting machine; using related steam casting, cuttlefish casting, open-mold casting, and associated techniques. Extra class assignments, including minimum studio hours equal to class hours. May be taken up to three times.

DES 649
GRADUATE STUDIO IN CERAMICS
3, 0/6; Offered by contract only.

Prerequisite: DES 320 or equivalent.
Advanced study on an individual basis: practice in throwing or hand building; study of form and texture for functional or sculptural applications; color and glaze. Extra class assignments, including minimum studio hours equal to class hours. May be taken up to three times.

DES 690
MASTER’S PROJECT
3, 0/6; Offered by contract only.

A study undertaken by one or more individuals on a problem of special interest aimed at making a special contribution to design, as contrasted with normal class or studio activity. May be presented, in part, as an exhibition of materials collected or prepared, including a major exhibition of design related to study, with theories and findings reported.

DES 695
MASTER’S THESIS
6, 0/0; Offered by contract only.

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